EAA Air Venture Museum
Sign of the TimesNamed after a 1925 song of the same name, Flamin' Mamie is one of many nose art paintings inspired by popular music. Like many blues songs, the lyrics tell of a devastatingly beautiful woman whose good looks are the source of trouble for the men she meets. Capitalizing on the theme of dangerous power implied in the song, the unknown artist might have wished the same destructive power for the aircraft.
Gorden Schafer, Flamin' Mamie's co-pilot, missed one of the crew's missions after he developed a severe inner ear infection. The Flight Surgeon suggested he get surgery, bringing an end to his flying career. Instead, Schafer was the first in his squadron to try the new drug penicillin, which quickly cured the infection. Developed during WWII, penicillin allowed Army physicians to control many infections without side effects. In 1942, Army physicians began using the drug extensively in the field.
B-24Serial #44-50529European Theatre8th Air Force453rd Bomb Group / 732rd Bomb Squadron491st Bomb Group / 852nd Bomb Squadron
Pilot: Ralph PetersonCo-pilot: Gordon SchaferNavigator: Charles KnudsonCrew: Richard Tukey, Leone Jenson, Edgar Dellow, James White, Robert Saunders, Joseph Newberry, Stephen Gosberry
Wikipedia: Flamin' Mamie
Paul Whiteman wrote "Flamin' Mamie" in 1925 with Fred Rose as a "Fox Trot Song" on Jazz Age themes relying on the 1920s image of the vamp: "A Red Hot Stepper". It was one of the top hits of 1925.
More than 30 pieces of nose art from actual World War II combat aircraft made their first-ever trip outside their home museum, with the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh chosen as the first public display location for this rare collection.Commemorative Air Force Headquarters
The collection from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) headquarters in Dallas, Texas, made its debut in November 2015 after a month of preparation in the EAA museum’s Eagle Hangar, which honors the people and aircraft of World War II. The artifacts have been designated by the National Trust for Historical Preservation as an official project of Save America’s Treasures, which seeks to preserve historic structures, art, and published works throughout the nation. It will be on display at EAA throughout 2017.
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This 1938 version is much less provocative than the 1925 original . . .
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and to view all nose art photographed.